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Happy Canyon Narrows Backpack – day 1

April 22, 2024
Emilie Phillips

This is the 4th post from our 2024 Trip to Utah. A warning to anyone hiking from the Happy Canyon airstrip down the narrows to the Dirty Devil river: the pictures on the web showing a dry sandy floor in the narrows are all from people hiking in from the lower end. There are significant […]

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[skip to details about towing with an EV] Last year I started looking at gliders. My primary desire was for a glider I didn’t have to stand in line for, and I could take up flying for as long or as far as I wanted. The next priority was something that was easy to maintain […]

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Line of gliders ready to be towed

Tyson’s First Long Glider Flight

May 7, 2024
Tyson Sawyer

The plan for the day started as Bart and I swapping off between the L-33 glider and a tow plane.  Bart was gracious enough to let me fly the glider first to make a 2nd attempt at a C badge 1 hour flight and, if things went well, one of the needed 2 hr Bronze […]

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My second 2 hour flight towards the bronze badge was on June 1st. The lift was forecast to be decent this day, but there wouldn’t be clouds. I would have to find it by luck, or by spotting a bird or other glider circling. Tyson noticed the thermals were forecast to top out around 7,000′. […]

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I am finally making progress towards my bronze badge. That was my goal last year for gliding. There are a bunch of requirements, but the ones I found impossible were two flights, each over two hours duration. My first two hour flight this year was on May 11th. I learned last year that I needed […]

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This is the third post about our 2024 Trip to Utah and the first day we all three get into the back country. Isaac and I caught up with Tyson in Salt Lake City. He had parked the airplane at Skypark (KBTF), the community airstrip north of Salt Lake City and south of Hill Air […]

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Zealand Falls

May 26, 2024
Emilie Phillips

For all the times we have skied past the turn off to Zealand Falls on the way to Zealand Notch, we have never taken the half mile detour to see the falls or the hut. In the summer when the road is open, it is an easy 6 mile out and back. Isaac enjoyed the […]

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